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‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Peter Grosz has tips on how to be annoying in-flight

Before he landed writing jobs on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where he now resides professionally, actor and writer Peter Grosz honed his comedy skills at Second City and iO Chicago (back when it was still ImprovOlympic). He’s also in those popular TV ads for Sonic with his fellow Chicago improviser T.J. Jagodowski.

Jon Lovitz as Annoying Man on Saturday Night Live, via screen.yahoo.com

Jon Lovitz as Annoying Man on “Saturday Night Live.” | screen.yahoo.com

Recently, Grosz took a brief break from TV writing to pen a humor column for Men’s Health in which he imparts tips on “how to be the most annoying person on your flight.” Those who’ve spent even a bit of time in the air will recognize lots of truth in his comedy.

Here’s an example:


The moment you sit down, use every ounce of energy to slam back your seat as hard as you can. Waaaaaay beyond the point it’s built to go. When the person behind you complains, apologize and tell them the seat is broken, which, trust me, it will be.

Once your seat is set, kick off your shoes. Although I should note, I recommend always traveling in flip-flops, regardless of the season. They’re far more comfortable and they let your fellow passengers know you’re not hung up about fashion or cleanliness or traditional social rules about when and where it’s OK to show other people your feet.

Read the whole thing at MensHealth.com.

John Candy was the ultimate annoying airplane passenger in John Hughes’s comedy “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

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